Vivian Gonzalez began studying the violin at age 5. At age ten Ms. Gonzalez made her solo debut with the former Philharmonic Orchestra of Florida. Her teachers include members of Miami String Quartet, Felicia Moye, Ivan Chan, and Margaret Pardee of the Juilliard School. Ms. Gonzalez is a product of Miami-Dade County Public Schools and Magnet Programs.
Upon graduating from New World School of the Arts High School, Ms. Gonzalez attended the Mannes College in New York, University of Florida, Florida International University and Florida Atlantic University. Wanting to give back to the community that gave so much to her, Ms. Gonzalez became a Miami-Dade County Public School music teacher in 1999.
Ms. Gonzalez has presented on the subject of inclusion of special needs students in the music classroom at the American String Teachers Association National Conferences in Atlanta, GA and Providence, RI, as well as at the MDCPS Music Day held at Florida International University. Ms. Gonzalez has also been a free-lance professional violinist in the South Florida area since 1995.
In her fourteen years of teaching, Ms. Gonzalez has had the great privilege of teaching thousands of students including students with special needs and music magnet. Currently, Ms. Gonzalez is a National Board Certified Teacher and Grammy Music Educator Award Finalist, teaching the magnet and general music students in grades three through five at South Miami K-8 Center.